NEWS PROVIDED BY Indigenous Services Canada
Mar 20, 2023, 11:50 ET
UASHAT MAK MANI-UTENAM, QC, March 20, 2023 /CNW/ – Today, the Innu communities of Ekuanitshit, Essipit, Pessamit, the Pekuakamiulnuatsh First Nation, Pakua Shipi, Uashat mak Mani-utenam, Matimekush-Lac John, Nutashkuan, and Unamen Shipu, under the umbrella of the Société en commandite Apuiat (S.E.C. Apuiat) in collaboration with Boralex and with the contribution of Indigenous Services Canada. For they announced the development of a major 200-MW wind farm. So the Apuiat project will be located on the public land of the traditional territory (Nitassinan) of the Uashat mak Mani-utenam First Nation.
This large wind farm project will also create a long-term clean energy source. Especially to generate sustainable economic and social benefits for Innu communities. In addition, nearly 300 jobs will become available during the construction phase. That’s along with approximately 10 permanent jobs for the wind farm’s operations.
Thanks to Indigenous Services Canada’s Community Opportunity Readiness Program (CORP).
For the S.E.C. Apuiat received a contribution of $3 million to support its financial involvement in the wind farm project. The Innu communities and Boralex each hold 50% of the votes on the Apuiat Wind Farm’s Board of Directors.
Today’s announcement demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to supporting Indigenous communities in their economic prosperity.
“The Innu First Nation of Uashat mak Mani-utenam is proud to welcome the Nation’s first major project on its Nitassinan. Apuiat is a first in terms of direct participation in a major project. For many lessons have already been learned. We are ready to consider the Nation’s future projects. So we thank the Government of Canada for recognizing and taking part in its funding.”
Chief Mike Mckenzie
Uashat mak Mani-utenam
“The Pekuakamiulnuatsh First Nation is proud to be able to continue developing its energy sector as part of the Nation’s project. After investments in small hydroelectric power projects and as a minority investor in a wind project, Apuiat allows us to take a step forward and see a future where no option can be rejected outright.”
Chief Gilbert Dominique
- S.E.C. Apuiat has chosen to partner with Boralex, a major player in renewable energies, based in Kingsey Falls, Quebec, specializing in four sectors of activities: wind, solar, hydroelectric, and storage.
- The nine Innu communities and Boralex each hold 50% of the votes on the Apuiat Wind Farm’s Board of Directors.
- The Community Opportunities Readiness Program provides project-based funding to First Nation and Inuit communities for a range of activities to support communities’ pursuit of economic opportunities.
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SOURCE Indigenous Services Canada